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Dark Souls walkthrough

KILN OF THE FIRST FLAME & GWYN, LORD OF CINDER

Return to the Firelink Altar (Frampt or Kaathe can warp you there). Place the lord souls into the Lordvessel and the door ahead will open.

The path to Gwyn is very straightforward. The only enemies standing in your way are several Black Knights, each with a unique Black Knight Weapon. Circle-strafe and backstab. All of these knights always drop Titanite Chunks, so this is a great area to farm for those.

If you’ve been following this walkthrough, Solaire will be available to help with this fight. His sign (pictured above) is at the top of the steps that lead down to the fog door. This makes things remarkably easier. 

BOSS – GWYN, LORD OF CINDER

Note: Once you defeat Gwyn, there’s no going back. You’ll have to begin a New Game+

Gwyn is, ironically, vulnerable to fire, so Pyromancers should have no problem. Equip some flame resistant armor (we were using Smough’s armor) and a flame resistant shield (we used a Black Knight Shield). As a Pyromancer, we equipped the Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring (sold by Griggs) and used the Pyromancy spell ‘Power Within’ just before entering the door.

Once the battle begins, Gwyn will always perform a leaping attack. Dodge this, then stay close to him. Solaire should draw him away from you. When this happens, hit Gwyn as hard as you can with high level Pyromancy spells. What we did not realize in the video (obviously) is that when Gwyn grabs Solaire, he is invincible for most of the animation. Still, Great Combustion and Great Chaos Fireball make short work of Gwyn.

There are other methods that work, too - even if you’re solo. Staying very close to Gwyn is actually better than backpedaling, so long as you can read when he’s about to use his grab attack. Roll out of the way and use this opportunity to either heal or hit him hard.

You can also parry nearly all of Gwyn’s attacks. This takes skill, but smaller shields like the Target Shield increase your parry window. Obviously, a mistimed parry could be disastrous, so be careful. If you are going to use this method, make sure to use the most powerful one-handed weapon you have for the riposte.

After the battle, light the bonfire for the ‘good’ ending. Leave the area for the ‘bad’ ending. Congratulations! Time for New Game +! 

19 comments

  • Sneaky67 - October 24, 2014 7:47 a.m.

    I have killed the blue crystal demon at the start of dukes archives 20 times or more and he hasn't dropped the broken pendant. Any ideas what might be up. I have the prepare to die edition.
  • christian-small - October 2, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    Had some problems with returning to undead asylum I did blighttown and quelagg before going to undead asylum I get the key and curl into a ball in the nest but the crow doesnt pick me up , anyone avalible to help?
  • Sneaky67 - October 24, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    Don't get too close to the eggs, happened to me a couple of times.
  • Verum - July 29, 2013 3:30 a.m.

    big guy* sorry for my grammar, ive been losing my mind over this
  • Verum - July 29, 2013 3:17 a.m.

    i have this issue with sens fortress, i cant access to it, i went to the church thing and killed the gargolite twins, but i didnt bang the bells cuz (in my mind) i sayd to myself "better clear the secondary misions before ringing the bell so you dont lose anything" so i did, killed every boss except the undergroud ones, i did the minotaur, the dragon tail thing, the buy with the big hammer, hydro, the moonlight butterfly one, all those, now when i had enought souls to gear up some stats & upgrades, i go to the church and ring the bell and it didnt happen anything, and i went to check sen's fortress and is still closed.... what to do ?
  • Misfire - July 29, 2013 5:58 a.m.

    There are two bells. You need to go to Blighttown and kill Quelaag to ring the other bell. Shes in the bottom of the swamp thats below the Depths which is shortly after you fight the Capra Demon. :P
  • stefan-chircop - June 25, 2013 7:31 a.m.

    I have a question about page 8. I managed to kill Laurec, and obtained some ring. I killed him so he would run and kill the other Npc. Would it have been better to let him live?
  • Sinxar - January 20, 2013 6:29 a.m.

    I assumed you needed to kill the Stray Demon for the ring, turns out you don't to get the Rusted Iron Ring. So just walk around the room to avoid it and still loot the place. It drops nothing of value anyway.
  • matt-mcsavaney - January 14, 2013 7:10 a.m.

    How does a caster beat the asylum boss? He one hits everytime i miss a dodge, i cant do that hit and run tactic the melee uses because of cast time which in turn gets me killed, help please?
  • isaac-long - April 28, 2014 3:04 p.m.

    You have to just stay behind the demon and get in as much DPS just remember always be up his butt :D
  • Sinxar - January 6, 2013 6:49 p.m.

    In "The Depths", you can take the path behind the first butcher and kill the giant rat with a bow from the ledge you land on. It won't jump up to defend itself.
  • yuwendi-gozali - December 20, 2012 12:45 a.m.

    have some question, when went to ring second bell , im not enter blight town form depth but dark root secret road that lead to valey of the drake. so after i rang second bell im went to the depth to look for zena shop but i didnt find him anywhere. after i back to firelink too zena didnt appeared :( (i just read that zena going to fire link after u rang two bell in another walkthrought). the question is, how i find zena? should i have to NG+ first? i really want that armor from knight of atorias in new content (cos the armor is f*cking cool X( )
  • yuwendi-gozali - December 20, 2012 6:51 a.m.

    about my post... , nevermind, i just found him :] btw great walkthrought thx!!!
  • Iwaskia - October 21, 2012 6:25 a.m.

    whats that sword you used to kill the four nights? and how can you get it? i folow the walktrought so far but i dont think i have the sword.
  • Matt Hughes - October 23, 2012 9:10 p.m.

    If you mean the Four Kings boss battle, that Quelaag’s Furysword. You can find the details on how to obtain it near the end of pg 44 in this guide.
  • Iwaskia - October 26, 2012 5:19 a.m.

    thanks men that was a great help.
  • NEPAL - October 20, 2012 4:05 p.m.

    Thanks for the effort you put into the guide, really helped me with the game.
  • Matt Hughes - October 21, 2012 6:13 a.m.

    Sure thing - glad it helped!
  • grappler51 - September 11, 2012 6:17 a.m.

    Awesome guide! Got this recently for PC and was really confused about the humanity system, cleared a lot of things up!

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